As we come to the centre of the labyrinth, it's time to take stock and prepare for the journey back out.
When we slipped into the time of pandemic, it was as if we stepped into a large labyrinth, a winding, maze-like rhythm of switchbacks and wondering whether we were going to get to the centre of it but then being switched to some other direction, in-and-out of that space. Labyrinths often feel like a maze but they are not mazes. They are elaborate singular paths that take us to the centre; that allow us to walk in reflection holding a question or a wondering or just noticing what we notice as we walk.
And now we are about to step in the centre. We are about to reach the heart of the labyrinth where all of our noticings, all of the things that have been revealed as we posed our questions, come to a point where we can hold them and see them. Maybe raising new questions and maybe things that we want to synthesize as we walk back the other direction ....
What is .... What is .... ? What is important? is a question that I think emerged as I walked the labyrinth. What is important? .... One of the answers that I hold as I step into the centre is to walk in beauty. And as I prepare to walk out of the centre I will wonder how do I, in this manifestation of both me and the Divine, in the unique way that I can hold it for the good of all creation, How do I walk in beauty?
Another question. What can I let go of? What things did it begin to feel like were so heavy or just unnecessary as I walked this journey in the labyrinth? Were there things that suddenly it just seemed like I was carrying them simply because at some point I had picked them up and they have been important, but maybe they're not important right now? What are those things ‘cause it feels like there were many. And as I step into the centre I will have an opportunity to really examine all of those things that have emerged. Some that I had put down maybe thinking those are temporary resting points. And maybe there are few things that I will pick back up, but maybe some things will just leave as they lie at this point. And maybe there were a few things that made it to the centre and as I look at them I realize I brought them here because I want to honour them, because I have valued them, perhaps I've learned from them, but I don't need to continue to carry the weight or the bulk or the discomfort of those things. And I can leave those aspects in the centre, trusting that the energy of them will simply absorb back into the Infinite Divine, carrying with it my gratitude. And I carry with it my learning ....
Labyrinths are a powerful spiritual practice. And I feel as if we were all drawn into this practice in 2020. And as we prepare to step from Christmas, from this birth of Hope and Love and Light of this new year into a calendar New Year .... That we have an opportunity to synthesize and to carry out with us only those things that are important. It's like going through the new doorway with a fresh start. Kicking off the dust of our shoes, or our feet, as we leave one town behind to go to the next. It's a moment of opportunity. And the thing about a labyrinth is that it takes as long to walk out of one as it did to walk in. And it is as windy on the way out as it was in. And so it will feel like we're stepping through to the other side many times before we actually do. And yet there is a singular path that takes us inextricably out to the other side. And we are at that turn ....
I am at that turn. And as I prepare to step into the centre of the labyrinth I am filled with Hope and Peace and Joy and Love ....and Light and Wondering. And I will reflect on that as I prepare for the journey back through. Blessed be ....
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